Javier Mascherano ended with a lot of anger after the draw between the Argentine National Team and Venezuela, which benefited from a controversial penalty at the end of the match that gave them a 2-2 lead against the Albiceleste. The Argentine coach considered that the team was harmed from the start of the tournament and questioned the refereeing. After this, journalist Martín Liberman crossed it on social networks.
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“Look at the images of what has happened in all the games: with VAR or without VAR, the loser is always the same team. I have nothing more to say. Everyone has the right to think what they want, but reality and data are one. We have been through everything: penalties and missed goals, but we keep moving forward,” Mascherano said in a conference.
After this, journalist Martín Liberman took the coach's statements and attacked him on social networks. “Does Máscherano seriously say that they intentionally harm Argentina in every game?” Colorado said ironically.
Martín Liberman crossed Javier Mascherano for his statements in the Pre-Olympic. (Capture TW Martín Liberman)
And he continued with a controversial argument that appealed to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. “They may have been wrong in this one but almost always, they benefit us. As an example, let's look at the World Cup. We have to beat Brazil and Paraguay. “It's possible!” the journalist launched.
What Javier Mascherano said about the scandalous final against Venezuela
Javier Mascherano referred to the controversial penalty that allowed Venezuela to draw 2-2 against the Argentine National Team in the first game of the final quadrangular of the Under 23 Pre-Olympic. The Albiceleste coach considered that his team has been harmed since the start of the tournament.
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“We have to recover. All that anger that this situation has generated in us and how the game has played out must be released on Thursday in that green rectangle. There is no other,” he said, anticipating the next match against Paraguay.
Javier Mascherano's footballers ended up angry with the referee. (Photo: EFE)
Controversial penalty against Argentina
In the last play of the match between Argentina and Venezuela, the referee awarded an unusual penalty at the request of the VAR. For that controversial infraction, Gonzalo Luján was reprimanded for the second time, which led to his expulsion.
The Ecuadorian referee Augusto Aragón had added five minutes once the 90' had expired, but once that time was up, he was warned by the VAR for an alleged infraction by the San Lorenzo footballer.
Faced with the enthusiasm of the Venezuelan public, the judge ended up relying on technology and awarded an unusual penalty: Luján had his back turned, he practically did not touch the rival's face and the ball was somewhere else.
This decision strongly harmed Javier Mascherano's Argentine team: it cost them two points and another player who will not be able to count on for the next game, in addition to Valentín Barco, who had been sent off at the end of the first half.